Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep10 – The Bridge

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep10 - The Bridge

After two weeks of waiting, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back. This time with an episode that finally shifts focus on the series’ main antagonists. This would be the group known as Centipede. For the most part Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has consisted of many standalone episodes, avoiding telling one overall story. It’s just adventure after adventure. However, since the pilot there has been some mention of Centipede. They were the group responsible for supplying Extremis-powered super human abilities to a Mike Peterson (J. August Richards). The characters Raina and Edison Po, who work for Centipede, were last seen in episode 5 entitled “Girl in the Flower Dress.” Now they are back in “The Bridge,” still creating super soldiers to serve their destructive needs.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep10 - The Bridge

Remember them?

The episode kicks off with Edison Po, who as we know from “Girl in the Flower Dress” is locked up in prison. Fortunately for him a few of his super soldiers are able to break him out. Coulson and his team are now obligated to get to the bottom of whatever evil plan Po, Raina, and the rest of Centipede are up to. With so many super soldiers working against them, the agents require some additional firepower. Enter Mike Peterson. We find out that Mike Peterson has been training and mastering his super human abilities through the help of S.H.I.E.L.D. Coulson recruits him to join his team, but not everyone agrees with his choice at first. It’s definitely nice to see Peterson back on the show. Before the series premiere aired I had hoped J. August Richards, who is probably best known for his role on Angel, would have regular screen time in the series. Even though we know now that was never intended to be the case, I still appreciated seeing him and his character again.

This episode was definitely light on the humor. Fitz and Simmons weren’t up to as many shenanigans, but they did supply some comic relief as usual. Also, there’s a very bad and cliche “he’s standing right behind me, isn’t he?” joke thrown in there courtesy of Agent Ward. The majority of the episode was serious in tone, however, focusing on Mike Peterson, who is trying to redeem himself for his actions in the series premiere. In fact, he’s downright ashamed of himself and his shame is making him avoid seeing his own son. Halfway through the episode Coulson does convince Mike to reach out to his son. He suggests you can’t choose between life as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and a normal life with a family. This was the main concept of the episode. Early on Coulson talks about a female cellist he used to be with before he “died.” After the events that occurred in Tahiti, he as well as S.H.I.E.L.D. found it best for Coulson not to go back to his old life. It’s a tale we’ve heard before. Leaving one life behind to pursue another as a secret operative. Hearing Coulson talk about his background does supply a sense of poignancy to that idea. Also, it’s interesting to point out that Coulson had mentioned his cellist girlfriend in The Avengers. It’s nice to see Whedon and company have been planting seeds since then.

In addition to the story of Mike Peterson and Coulson, there is a subplot involving Skye still trying to find information about her mother, who was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. She has Coulson’s blessing to pursue further, but secretly Coulson still doesn’t want Skye to know the truth. He implicates May into yelling at her. May yells at her after Skye requests help researching S.H.I.E.L.D. files. She angrily tells Skye that they are there to do a mission and not to find Skye’s parents. It’s an emotional scene and you do feel something for Skye when she cries in her room alone. We know she’s a genuinely good person who just wants some truth about her parents, but these scenes came off as fruitless and took away from the overall story. They just enforced the fact that Skye is still having secrets hidden from her.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep10 - The Bridge

Do you “ship” them?

After watching episode 8, “The Well,” I was left with a bad taste in my mouth knowing that May and Ward slept together. Then I wondered if their secret love affair would affect their missions in a negative way. In “The Bridge” we see it has. After fighting a few super soldiers May thought Ward had taken a punch for her. She’s infuriated by this, but Ward convinces her this was not the case. She’s worried he may be bringing his personal feelings into battle. So, their relationship is touched on more this episode. There is also one scene where Ward comes off as flirty toward May in a training session. Obviously, May didn’t appreciate that much either. This is currently my least favorite aspect of the show. I’m not fond of their awkward relationship and am wondering if it even tracks well with the audience. That being said, as long as it doesn’t take too much attention I’m fine. Who knows? Maybe something interesting can blossom out of it.

Overall, I thought this was one of the series’ better episodes and it even ended with a shocking twist. After Centipede kidnaps Mike Peterson’s son he uses himself as a bargaining chip to get him back. We found out earlier in the episode that Centipede wants Mike because unlike their other super soldiers, he doesn’t require daily serum injections. This is just to throw the audience off, since later we find out that Centipede actually wants Coulson and that he is the real bargaining chip. Why do they want Coulson? We don’t know, but we can assume it has something to do with Tahiti. I can see this twist being surprising to some, and even I was a little shocked. So, Centipede takes Coulson and Peterson takes his son. After leaving his son safely with Skye he attempts to rescue Coulson, but his attempt is hopeless as an explosion is triggered, taking him out. The episode ends with us not knowing if Peterson is alive or dead, and discovering that Centipede wants to know about the day after Coulson “died.”

Judging from the the preview that followed “The Bridge,” I’d bet Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will begin focusing on an overall story. It seems the show will expand more on the conflict between S.H.I.E.L.D. and Centipede, as well as finally filling us in on what happened to Coulson after the events in The Avengers. It all sounds very exciting and I’m looking forward to when the show returns in January 2014. Are you? Let us know in the comments.

 

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